Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Whether you are a teacher who needs to regenerate and a reminder of why you are so important or a reader who wants to remember the inspirational teachers that made an impact in their lives, here are ten great books that perfectly portray why teachers deserve a whole week to themselves:
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Miss Honey supports Matilda both academically and emotionally when no one else in Matilda’s life see any value in her.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Miss Stacy’s teaching methods may have been unorthodox and different compared to other teachers but that didn’t stop her from being the role model and mentor Anne needed.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
While escaping a tragic past, Villette enters a new life as a teacher in a boarding school, which leads her to adventure and romance.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Mr. Browne’s determination for Auggie Pullman can provide any inspiration for current and prospective teachers.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Professor Dumbledore is so wise and insightful that you wish you had him as your teacher.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Although Miss Jean Brodie was betrayed in the end, her determination and perseverance to do well by her students never diminished.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre’s passion and strongly principled values are characteristics that make her a favorite teacher with all of her students.
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Agnes Grey is a governess for an English gentry family where she has to deal with spoiled children and unappreciative families. Sound familiar?
Emma by Jane Austen
Miss Taylor may have become Mrs. Weston but that doesn’t stop her from instilling some lessons into Emma after she stops being her governess.
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
Sarah Burton ruffles some feathers as she is the new headmistress at the local girls’ school. Her pacifist and feminist ideals may not match with the conservative locals but that doesn’t stop her from teaching the girls that they can do anything.